Thursday 17 October 2013

Synthetic turf reaches new heights in France

Over the past couple of decades, sports teams and organisations have slowly warmed to the prospect of playing on artificial surfaces. As the ‘grass’ used to make such pitches has become more realistic and the surfaces smoother, some of the world’s most famous stadia and football clubs have decided to shun traditional pitches in favour of artificial ones with little difference.

A grand scale

Until a few years ago, only a handful of professional sports teams and sports centres had used artificial turf, but there has been a gradual shift in opinion. Many training grounds are using Desso synthetic turf to help players train throughout the winter when snow might harm their schedule, but one plot in a small French community has really taken it to their heart.

In Clamart, a 50,000 m² site at Stade de la Plaine uses Desso Sports artificial grass throughout. On the site, there are seven pitches – three for football, two for rugby and two for multisport. Installed in the area’s municipal sports park, they offer amateur sportspeople the chance to train all year round, regardless of how bad the weather might be.

Sport for all

The surfaces at Clamart are renowned across the local area. The public get to use all of them when they’re not being used by local sports clubs. The use of artificial grass can benefit any sports facility, especially if it needs all-weather surfaces to help them save on costs such as maintenance, which makes them handy for medium-sized football teams in particular.

Among the world-renowned sports clubs using synthetic surfaces for training or at their main stadium include MLS teams Colorado Rapids and Dallas FC, Portuguese champions FC Porto, Real Madrid, English Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City and PSV Eindhoven. All those teams are feeling the benefit.